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Vogel Talks RVing is back!

On the road again in our new motorhome and overnighting at Ambassador RV Resort in Caldwell, Idaho. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
On the road again in our new motorhome and overnighting at Ambassador RV Resort in Caldwell, Idaho. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Several weeks ago my site was hacked resulting in all 4,000+ posts NO MORE—gone FOREVER with only blank pages to show for over eight and one-half years of posting.

This all begs the question, what lessons did I learn—or relearn.

Here, then is the lesson I learned—and you should too:

Back up your photos and then back them up again. I first learned this lesson over 10 years ago and I learned it the hard way when my laptop crashed with no back up.

Lesson learned—or so, I thought.

I don't do snow... © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
I don’t do snow… © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Since that untimely event, the external drive I used for backing up my photos and Word files crashed. I got lucky this time since my recently retired laptop still had most of the files lost in the crash. Lesson relearned. I now have all files backed up in two separate locations: my 4T Seagate external drive and in the clouds with Carbonite.

If you’re snapping away without a backup plan for your photos, beware: In an instant, you could lose them all, FOREVER.

Cleaning the new rig at Las Vegas RV Resort. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Cleaning the new rig at Las Vegas RV Resort. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Also be aware that if you upload an image to Facebook or other social media sites, you are not really backing up that photo since in most instances it will be digitally compressed. Since these sites are not designed to truly store photos, you want to carefully choose a backup solution, online and external hard drive.

Unfortunately, preserving the original photo isn’t the only issue you’ll face when backing up your images. You also need to know that there’s no completely foolproof method. There’s always risk. Store images on a hard drive connected to your computer, and, as I earlier noted, it can fail.

Upload images to an online backup service and you face a different problem: You might think using a cloud service from an established company—like Apple, Google, or Amazon—would be safe. Yet, consider Kodak, which for decades functioned as a powerful photography company. In 2001, it created an impressive photo-sharing and photo-storage site, called the Kodak Gallery. Yet, despite its heritage the company declared bankruptcy in 2012, shutting down its entire operation, including the Kodak Gallery, where many photographers had images stored.

Vista del Sol RV Resort, a snowbird destination park in Bullhead City, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Vista del Sol RV Resort, a snowbird destination park in Bullhead City, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The important takeaway here is that you should consider using a combination of services and solutions to safely back up photos. Ideally, store them both online and on two external hard drives—stored in different locations. However, at the very least, use an online backup and external drive.

As the name implies external hard drives which range in price from $40 (one TB) to $390 and up (12 TB), are like the storage that’s built into your computers except they’re connected externally. Most hook up via a USB connection, although there are other methods.

Consciously back up every day until the action becomes an automatic habit and second nature. According to a study at the University College London, it takes an average of 66 days to create a habit—more than six weeks longer than the conventional wisdom of 21 days as postulated in the 1960s by Maxwell Maltz, a cosmetic surgeon.

O.K., now what?

Vista del Sol RV Resort, a snowbird destination park in Bullhead City, Arizona. An early morning view out the front window of our motor coach. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Vista del Sol RV Resort, a snowbird destination park in Bullhead City, Arizona. An early morning view out the front window of our motor coach. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As indicated previously, my 4,000+ posts are NO MORE—they’re gone FOREVER. With copies of the text and backups of most photos (original and resized), this post is the first of the new generation of Vogel Talks RVing. Following a review of previously posted articles, some will be updated and reposted on the new site. And I will continue to write new material on RVs and Living the RV lifestyle including our snowbird travels.

Oh, yes. And, I will continue to back up my files both online and on my external hard drive.

Worth Pondering…

Life happens while you’re making plans—especially when RVing.

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